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300800 - Guy Arab Mk IV/Metal Sections
China Motor Bus
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The model - The third issue of the Buses Model Guy Arab single-decker was announced, and released, in March 2001. This casting has not been used since. Best Choose have since issued a model of similar bus HK4215 in it's earlier bus livery, and featuring it's original exposed radiator - see 02011.

The bus - Delivered new in June 1955, HK 4212 was one of a batch of ten short wheelbase Guy Arabs with Metal Sections bodywork.  A photograph of this vehicle, taken in 1974, appears in Mike Davis's excellent book 'Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus - 65 years'. The photograph shows the bus with it's original exposed radiator and at the time was being used as a staff bus. It was withdrawn in 1976, finding subsequent use as a towing vehicle, and carrying the yellow and blue livery of the model and having had a Birmingham style tin front fitted. My thanks to Donald Hudson and SCT'61 for allowing me to share the photograph below.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Buses Model Co.
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab Mk IV
 Prototype bodywork  Metal Sections
 Prototype length  25'
 Fleet number  -
 Registration number  HK4212
 Route number  -
 Destination  -
 Quantity  2,000
 Date released - Hong Kong  24th March 2001

 
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Photograph taken July 1981 Central Bus Station, Hong Kong.
Copyright of Donald Hudson and courtesy of SCT'61
 

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